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Measuring the acute effect of insulin infusion on ATP turnover rate in human skeletal muscle using phosphorus-31 magnetic resonance saturation transfer spectroscopy

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ee Lim, Dr Kieren Hollingsworth, Professor Peter Thelwall, Professor Roy Taylor


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Mitochondrial dysfunction has been proposed to underlie the insulin resistance of type 2 diabetes. However, the relative time course of insulin action in stimulating ATP turnover rate and glucose uptake in skeletal muscle has not been examined. These two parameters were measured in young healthy subjects using the 31P MRS saturation transfer method in conjunction with the euglycaemic hyperinsulinaemic clamp technique respectively. Glucose infusion rate rose rapidly from 0 to 2.90 ± 0.11 mg/kgffm/min during the first 10 min of insulin infusion and further to 6.17 ± 0.57 mg/kgffm/min between 15 and 45 min. In contrast, baseline ATP turnover rate was 9.0 ± 0.4 µmol/g/min of muscle and did not change during the first 45 min of insulin infusion. Between 50 and 80 minutes ATP turnover rate increased by 8% and remained steady to 150 minutes (9.7 ± 0.5 µmol/g/min of muscle, p = 0.03 vs baseline). The in vivo time course of insulin stimulation of skeletal muscle ATP turnover rate is not consistent with a rate limiting effect upon the initiation of insulin-stimulated glycogen synthesis. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lim EL, Hollingsworth KG, Thelwall PE, Taylor R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: NMR in Biomedicine

Year: 2010

Volume: 23

Issue: 8

Pages: 952-957

Print publication date: 28/06/2010

Date deposited: 06/08/2010

ISSN (print): 0952-3480

ISSN (electronic): 1099-1492

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing


DOI: 10.1002/nbm.1519

PubMed id: 20623795


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073561Wellcome Trust